Current Sermon Series
"Holy Week 2021"
As we enter this season, we remember that Lent is the forty-day season of preparation, awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation that leads us into Easter. These days are marked with a more somber tone – a time tinged with the painful acknowledgement of our own sinfulness and mortality. It is a time when Christians confront and confess our neediness and wantonness – and prepare ourselves to receive the glorious news of Jesus’ resurrection.
As always, our purpose is simple: to elicit a response. It is for us to be inspired, to be challenged, and to be changed. Our purpose, hope, and prayer is that all our hearts will be “strangely warmed” as we reflect upon the Bible’s truth and the Savior’s call.
"The Other Half of Church"
In these weeks before the holy season of Lent, we will be exploring what it means for us to pursue a holistic faith – a path of discipleship that involves, both, the head and the heart, thinking and feeling. Historically, the Christian Church has offered myriad opportunities for “left-brain” faith (reasoning, logical, information), but we’ve lagged in our understanding of the need for “right-brain” experience – hesed, community, connection. As such, we’ve been expecting fruit to grow from ever-depleting soil.
During this series, we will attempt to recast and reframe what “whole-headed”/ ”whole-hearted” (v. “half-brained) Christianity looks like – inviting our congregation to the next step (or the first step) towards a deepening life of faith…becoming more committed followers of the way of Jesus Christ.
"Hindsight is 2020"
After enduring a year like none other before, we’re all beginning 2021 with a passionate desire, with a driving hope that things will be different, that we can be different…but are we willing to do more than just hope and wish? The fulfilled life that we’re all looking for is the product of much more than just changing out the calendars on our walls and looking forward to the return of some semblance of normalcy. It’s about creating a new normal – it’s about letting the Spirit lead us to a deeper faithfulness and a more active faith.
During these weeks, we will allow 2020 to hold an uncomfortable mirror to our faces: confronting us with some of the painful but necessary lessons that we should have learned…but may need to be reminded of. Looking through a theological lens, we will reflect up the journey of 2020 and let it inform the way we follow Jesus in 2021.